Washington Times: Wilson - Two terror events not detected

Jan 12, 2010


Originally published 08:27 a.m., January 7, 2010, updated 03:29 p.m., January 7, 2010

Wilson: Two terror events not detected

Joseph Weber

Congressman Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, said Thursday he agrees with White House National Security Adviser James Jones' assessment that the Obama administration's intelligence agencies failed twice in detecting early warning signs to stop two recent attacks -- the mass shooting at Fort Hood, then the failed Christmas Day airplane bombing.

"It's about time," Mr. Wilson told The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show this morning. Mr. Wilson served in the National Guard for 28 years and has two sons who served in Iraq. "It's so clear to me we're in a global war on terrorism."

He also said President Obama appears to be coming around to realizing the country remains at war against terrorism.

The White House is expected to release a report Thursday on the failed Christmas Day bombing on a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, boarded the flight with undetected explosives. The suspect's father had warned officials at the U.S. embassy in Nigeria that he feared his son was being radicalized.

In the Fort Hood case, Army officials had expressed concern about the behavior of the suspected shooter Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Witnesses reported hearing him yell "Allah Akbar" during the attack.